Bodice & Flare: PINGHE’s Long Hot Summer

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Pinghe-dress-styleonthecouch-1There are some people who don’t understand black as a summer colour. I (strongly) disagree that summer should be about floaty white sundresses and cropped ivory tees – thought if I had a pound for every time someone asked me “aren’t you burning up in that?” I’d be able to afford a whole wardrobe of Victoria Beckham right now. The science even backs me up – the best colour to keep cool in the heat, it turns out, is black (just make sure the fabric is loose and light).

Happily, designer Ping He agrees with my philosophy that all black in a number of different textures can work in summer time.  In the second of my features in collaboration with the brand, I’m wearing the Caesar Cocktail Summer Dress from PINGHE, with its beautiful fitted bodice and flared skirt with cutout detail.  What other proof do you need that all black can look just as good as a colorful sundress? Visit PINGHE for more details.

Photos: Alma Rosaz. With thanks to PINGHE.

Day to Night Elegance: PINGHE

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Pinghe-peplum-waistcoat-detailsI recently had the pleasure of collaborating with PINGHE, and will be sharing my favourite ‘day to night’ designs from Chinese born, London-based designer Ping’s stunning and impeccably crafted collection over the next few weeks.

In this, the first of three posts for PINGHE, I’m wearing their Victoria Laser Cut Sleeveless Top and slim fit trouser.  A leather jacket is often viewed a wardrobe staple, but for a more directional capsule closet you might consider this peplum style vest, worn with a pair of slim fitting pants or pencil skirt – sun up or sun down.

Ping He’s signature style derives from her love of architecture; structured silhouettes combined with eye-catching details form the collection’s aesthetic. Employing contradictory concepts, her collection sees soft and strong, elegant and powerful elements, expertly blended in subtle, neutral hues. Ping designs for women and ensures that her clothing truly empowers and flatters.”

The mix of fabrics and textures from PINGHE is one of the things I like about the brand. Also their darkly elegant aesthetic – Ping worked within Alexander McQueen before starting her own label and I wonder if some of this influence and similar design ethos shines boldly through.  See the collection in full at PINGHE.COM

Photos: Alma Rosaz.